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Vivid and full of energy with blackberry, currant and salt.  Full body, intense and long.  Harmony. Purpose. Classiscism.  The mineral and currant character is all year.  A seamless tannin texture.  Great wine.  You want to drink it now.

 

Score 98/99 

 

James Suckling

jamessuckling.com, March 2017

      This product is eligible for 10% discount when 12x75cl bottles are purchased (excludes En Primeur wines and all pre-mixed cases / special offers)
      Tasting Notes
      Forget everything, start afresh and erase old habits in order to re-connect with nature, be born anew … Alfred Tesseron and his team, led by Jean-Michel Comme, Pontet-Canet’s régisseur (estate manager) since 1989, have completely transformed both the vineyard and the identity of Château Pontet-Canet. Leaving behind conventional vinegrowing techniques in order to embrace organic and biodynamic methods, utilising horses in the vineyards. They have allowed the terroir to reclaim its origins; the vines seem liberated and the grapes have never been more beautiful. The wines of Pontet-Canet have progressed so much that they are now among the most prestigious in Bordeaux.

      Alfred Tesseron has been making classic Pauillac here every year since the excellent 1994 and recent vintages have been amongst the best ever, scoring impressively when shown in blind tastings. Pontet Canet is now pushing the Pichons as Pauillac's top non-first growth. Grapes are manually sorted by a team of 30 people on specially made sorting tables.

      This wine is at the pinnacle of the vintage, one of the finest wines made. Energetic and with fabulous substance, it offers supreme balance, with a magical hue and a taffeta touch. Fruit, tannins and acidity all meld with sumptuous harmony. Another masterpiece.

      "The 2016 Pontet-Canet is a blend of 60% Cabernet Sauvignon, 1% Petit Verdot and 39% Merlot, less Cabernet this year because of the size of the berries. I tasted the wine on two visits to the property around two weeks apart, plus additional tastings at négoçiants. It has an intense bouquet with layers of blackberry, sloes and fresh mint, just a hint of black truffle in the background. It is certainly a little more opulent compared to its peers. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, a little spicier than I expected (in a positive sense) with gentle grip in the mouth. It fans out with confidence, a voluminous Pontet-Canet with an extremely persistent aftertaste, and a saline and balsamic finish. This is an extravagant Pauillac for the vintage that will age over many years. Drink 2026 - 2050.
      95 - 97 Points."
      (Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate # 230, April 2017)

      Wine Facts

      Grape Variety
      Cabernet Sauvignon
      Grape Variety
      Merlot
      Grape Variety
      Petit Verdot
      Country
      France
      Region
      Bordeaux
      Sub Region
      Pauillac
      Vintage
      2016
      Colour
      Red
      Type (Still/Sparkling)
      Still
      Provenance (Old/New World)
      Old World
      Body Style
      Full Bodied Red
      Sweetness
      Dry
      Drinking Stage
      For Laying Down
      Organic
      Yes
      Biodynamic
      Yes
      Vegan
      No

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